“It has meant a strengthening of our souls...and replacing substance with sustenance.”
One sentence printed in the New York Times has revealed a new dimension into the lives of a husband/wife band’s
reason for being. Coincidence and serendipity are the two words that
explain Stell & Snuggs since its inception. How music can ease the
soul and transport us- this sums up the reflective process the two
wrapped themselves in as they traded in their separate music careers,
and boldly joined, moving on a sailboat and taking their music to oceans
and islands. Jubilant, happy, promising, and building music that
paints their portrait, sharing a love of freedom, dreaming up sounds
they could not produce on their own.
Stell & Snuggs are Christel Astin (flute,uke,vocals) and Jarad Astin (accordion, stompbox, vocals).
once Brooklyn, NY duo are packed with immediate fun moments, their
seasoned musicianship is incredible especially considering the variety
of instruments implemented. Their July 2015 release, Vela guides
you through an enticing journey of highs and lows, vocals and
instrumentals that bind together, and enclose musical elements of
Colombian Cumbia, Gypsy, Country, and Brazilian Choro.
While sitting one night at one of their performances, one listener wrote to them in a fan email, “Thank you for the beautiful music that you brought to us all last night, you were both absolutely enchanting.” And Rob Wasserman of the Colorado Daily said this of flutist, Christel Astin, “Her
runs and articulations are speedy, but nonetheless possessed of a
plaintive soulfulness and verve that reminds the listener of an ecstatic
Their mode of touring transport, a 43
ft C&C Landfall sloop has given them the opportunity of perform in a
wide variety of venues, from the creme-de-la-creme to their favorite
local hangouts. Here’s a short list of some of their clients:
Coconut World Cup SUP Festival (ST.CROIX)Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (ANTIGUA)West Indies Regatta (ST.BARTHS)Caribbean Arts Festival (BVIs)Saint Croix Jump Up Festival (ST.CROIX)The Blue Note (NYC)Denver People's Music Festival (CO)Webster Hall (NYC)Kupferberg Center of the Arts (NYC)NYC Parks Dept “Music in the Park” Summer seriesThe Marlo Thomas Show (NYC)Huntington Summer Festival (NY)the Bluebird Theater (CO)Two Boots of Brooklyn (NYC)In addition to these venues, they are part owners and producers for CueBro Audio Productions, and have produced music for film in a variety of settings. Their client list includes Corona and San Miguel beers, Channel One Productions, Neutralizer Shoes, the film “Unlimited,” and many more.
exemplar, and escalating. This is the aim of Stell &Snuggs,
sailing with little impact, toting their music from port to port around
the world, with a tune to share.